297TH CAVALRY REGIMENT
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Distinctive Unit Insignia


Description/Blazon
A Silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per chevron Azure and Argent, a cloud of the second issuing two lightning flashes in base Or, in base a wolf's head erased of the first. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "THUNDERWOLVES" in Silver letters.

Symbolism
The white (silver) chevron shape symbolizes Alaska's famous Mount McKinley and the mountainous terrain of the area in general. The lightning flashes represent speed and power, while the timber wolf, native to the area, alludes to the aggressiveness of the unit. Yellow (gold) is a color used for Cavalry units.

Background
The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 22 February 1974.




Coat of Arms


Description/Blazon

Shield

Per chevron Azure and Argent, a cloud of the second issuing two lightning flashes in base Or, in base a wolf's head erased of the first.

Crest

That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Alaska Army National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, the aurora borealis blended from dexter base purple through red, orange, yellow to green to chief and repeated inversely to sinister base behind a totem pole of three figures, an eagle, a bear and a walrus, paleways affronté all Proper.

Motto

THUNDERWOLVES.

Symbolism

Shield

The white chevron shape symbolizes Alaska's famous Mount McKinley and the mountainous terrain of the area in general. The lightning flashes represent speed and power, while the timber wolf, native to the area, alludes to the aggressiveness of the unit. Yellow (gold) is a color used for Cavalry units.

Crest

The crest is that of the Alaska Army National Guard.

Background
The coat of arms was approved on 30 November 1973.





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